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Robert Wittman

Former FBI Special Agent; Expert in Art Recovery, Art Security & Art Protection

Former FBI Special Agent; Expert in Art Recovery, Art Security & Art Protection

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Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Robert Wittman Biography

Robert K. Wittman joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1988 and was assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division.  As a result of specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification, he served as the FBI’s investigative expert in this field.  During his 20 year career with the FBI he recovered more that $225 million worth of stolen art and cultural property resulting in the prosecution and conviction of numerous individuals.  In 2005, he was instrumental in the creation of the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team. He was named as the Act’s Senior Investigator and instructed the team members in how to conduct cultural property investigations. He has represented the United States around the world conducting investigations and instructing international police and museums in investigation, recovery and security techniques.    Investigative Highlights Theft at Pennsbury Manor the historical home of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. First prosecution and convictions under the federal Theft of Major Artwork Statute. Recovery:  More than 30 historical items valued at more that $100,000.  Theft of one of the original 14 copies of the Bill of Rights stolen by a Union Soldier in 1865   Recovery: Valued at $30 million.  Theft of numerous paintings at a private estate in Madrid, Spain.  Recovery: Included 17 paintings including two by Francisco Goya valued at $50 Million.  Theft from the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm  Recovery: Rembrandt’s 1630 “Self-Portrait” valued at $36 million.  Theft from a private gallery in Minneapolis  Recovery: 5 Norman Rockwell paintings worth $1 million from a farmhouse in Brazil   Looting of the Royal Tomb of the Lord of Sipan in Peru  Recovery: 2,000 year-old golden Pre-Columbian piece of body armor known as a Backflap.  Recovery of Native American Apache medicine man Geronimo’s eagle feather war bonnet valued at $1.2 million.   Theft from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1932 of an 1862 Tiffany presentation sword which was awarded to Admiral John Worden, for his heroic command aboard the U.S.S. Monitor during its historic Civil War battle with the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimac).  Recovery: The Tiffany presentation sword valued at $650,000 Presentations and Art Community Partnership: SA Wittman served as a member of the Department of State’s Cultural Antiquities Task Force based in Washington, D.C.  He has sought to educate others in the cultural property protection community in techniques on how to avoid becoming a victim of theft or fraud and the importance of prompt reporting.  He has been the FBI spokesperson for art theft matters nationally and represented the United States at numerous international conferences regarding cultural property protections . Some of those venues include: The American Association of Museums (AAM) Annual Conference; J. Paul Getty Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K.; Legg Mason Global Investment Management, Heritage Auction Houses, Fox Rothschild LLP;International conferences in Romania, Poland, Russia, Belgium, and FranceAwards and Recognitions :

2000- “Peruvian Order of Merit for Distinguished Service,” presented by the President of Peru.

2001- “Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement Award,” presented by Attorney General John Ashcroft

2003- “White Cross of Law Enforcement Merit Medal” by the Spanish National Police

2004- “Robert Burke Memorial Award for Excellence in Cultural Property Protection” by the Smithsonian Institution at the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection

Robert Wittman inked a deal to tell the story of his career, tentatively titled "Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures". It will be published by The Crown Publishing Group in June 2010.

Robert Wittman Speaking Topics

  • Fraud, Forgery and Fakes

    Wittman talks about the three F's of art crime and how collectors and investors can learn how not to becomes victims.

  • Art Crime and Criminals

    Wittman discusses everything from art crime's international scope to individual stories about his numerous undercover adventures

Robert Wittman Videos

  • Interview on CNN’s American Morning
  • PBS NewsHour Interview

Robert Wittman Books

  • Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
    Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

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Robert Wittman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Fraud, Forgery and Fakes and Art Crime and Criminals. The estimated speaking fee range to book Robert Wittman for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Robert Wittman generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rye Barcott, Daniel Altman, John Zogby, John Wood and Kevin Powell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robert Wittman for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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